There’s a practice called taking refuge. You want to feel safe and protected, you want to feel calm. If you don’t learn how to take refuge, you will lose your peace, your feeling of safety, and your calm. You will suffer, and you will make other people suffer. When the situation seems to be permanent, overwhelming, and full of suffering, you have to practice taking refuge in the Buddha – the Buddha in ourselves. Each of us has the seed of Buddhahood, the capacity of being calm, being understanding, being compassionate, and taking refuge in that island of safety within us. This is how we can maintain our humanness, our peace, and our hope.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh from The Sun, My Heart: From Mindfulness to Insight Contemplation